President-elect updates Mugabe of preparations

Mr Charamba

Mr Charamba

Felex Share Senior Reporter—
PRESIDENT-ELECT Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday spoke to outgoing President, Cde Robert Mugabe and assured him and his Family maximum security and welfare as he appraised him of preparations for today’s inauguration.The two leaders, however, agreed that given the hectic events of the past week-and-a- half, the outgoing President needed time to rest and therefore, may not attend the inauguration. He, however, expressed his good wishes and support for the incoming President. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services secretary Mr George Charamba confirmed the development.

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“The President-elect and outgoing President spoke this afternoon firstly for the President-elect to formally indicate that he is now back in the country and secondly to brief President Mugabe on preparations for tomorrow’s event,” he said.

Mr Charamba said Cde Mnangagwa had guaranteed President Mugabe safety.

“He (Cde Mnangagwa) also assured the First Family not just of their own security and welfare, but the preservation of law and order throughout the country. Both of them agreed that the former President needed time to rest after the hectic events of the week-and-a-half that has gone by and that therefore he may not be attending tomorrow’s inauguration. He gave the incoming President his good wishes and support,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa is set to be sworn-in as Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces at the National Sports Stadium today. This follows his nomination by the ruling party, Zanu-PF, for him to lead both the party and Government.

Cde Mnangagwa is taking over from President Mugabe who resigned on Tuesday. President Mugabe stepped down after the Central Committee, Zanu-PF’s highest decision-making body in between Congresses, recalled him. The Central Committee said President Mugabe (93) needed time to rest as criminals who had surrounded him were causing chaos in the country.

The volatile situation which was being created by the criminals going by the moniker G40 saw the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) intervening. The ZDF said the intervention, executed in a peaceful manner, was meant to address a political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict.

The timely intervention by the ZDF has since been hailed by Sadc and the international community as no blood was shed.

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  • tapuwa

    our beloved HE used to fly 13hrs from Malaysia, arrive at the airport at 4 a.m then proceed to the Heroes Acre at 11 kunoviga gamba ndivo vozoneta nekugara mumba for the past week and a half?he was going to get a thunderous welcome kuground i swear..

  • Lennon Emmanuel

    He is not a president-elect wena, he is a president-designate. World of difference between the two.

  • Mukotami

    Amnesty yes but we need our money back, what Marujata took to start her dairy project must be brought back asap

  • Weston Mugocha

    Nice start by incoming President.

  • Simbisai

    While some may agree with a blanket immunity for Mugabe to cover his serious crimes over the last 37 years, to maintain stability when many other Zanu-pf bigwigs unashamedly participated in the same crimes, it is unfair for survivors and families who remain victims to Mugabe unspeakable acts not be awarded some sort of recognition and compensation for decades of suffering. One method to bring closure would be some form of truth and reconciliation committee, however Mugabe and his family’s vast fortune (billions?) accumulated through looting and abuse of State resources must be repatriated to benefit the entire nation. Any claims for compensation would be more meaningful if they came directly from Mugabe’s pocket. As a retired President he will continue to perceive a substantial pension and benefits, diverting this wealth to a compensation fund would be a good start, but in humanitarian interests he could be left with a meagre $50/month numerous pensioners are forced to contend with after Mugabe’s policies destroyed the economy.

    • normanngwenya

      its not possible to pursue Mugabe without people like ED getting caught up.

  • Concerned

    Well I don’t support Zanu PF, I have never voted them and will probably not vote for them in the future. I like the American system which continues to address Bush as President Bush, Clinton as President Clinton, Obama as President Obama! Please note that I haven’t come across ‘official’ broadcasters calling them Ex-presidents (I can be assisted ofcoz).

    Well President Mugabe brought a lot of suffering to Zimbabwe but he also had positives, lets try respect him!

    President Trump is the one who risks being called by his nickname though………..

  • Awayfornow

    Possibly good to give George Charamba a rest also ?

    He has credibility and associative issues. Had to defend the indefensible too often.

  • Gulaz

    He is not the president “elect”

  • jojo

    security on his life and welfare?
    he never gave both to his fellow citizens so why the bother? this family must return back the loot if justice were to be done.this country will do wonders with the looted money.we need all of it back.

  • Sawubonafish

    He is not the President-elect, he is the President-designate.

    A President-elect is someone who is going to be President as a result of an election. Mnangagwa has not gone through such a process. He will be President by dint of a Constitutional quirk, that’s all.

  • LUV MY COUNTRY

    THIS ISSUE OF IMMUNITY IS NOT FAIR, PEOPLE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS WHEN THEY ARE STILL IN POWER NOT TO ACT OTHERWISE HIDING BEHIND THAT, THEY MUST ACT IN GOOD FAITH KNOWING THAT ONE DAY A BOOK WILL BE OPENED FOR THEM, IN HEAVEN HAKUNA IMMUNITY VARUME RARAMAI MUSHE IMI MURIKUTONGA.

  • Investor

    Why would he humiliate himself coming to the event?

  • Syabulongo

    He is no longer President for Pete’s sake

  • genaro gattusso

    the mugabes dont deserve even a bond coin from us.he should live off his pension from being a former president.as for the billions zimbabweans need them much more.NRZ,ZISCO can benefit from this money.evil is evil whether its done by a president or ac street vandal let the mugabes remain with what they worked for and what they looted should be brought back

  • danzo

    We all know Mugabe was not tired as being claimed. He has attended every single event since 1980 even small ones where he could have simply send a government minister. The man is disappointed his wishes of dragging the nation to his grave failed. He is shameless for running down a once wealthy nation into some cesspool. This is the problem when one person rules for so long, they start assuming the nation and its people are their own personal property.

  • True Zimbo

    Please Herald stop your bootlicking. We are sick and tired of it. Just report what happened without a spin to it.